People: Feb. 9, 1962

Adding yet another cause to a roster that already includes spiritualism and antivivisectionism, Britain's Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, 79, plumped for a legal ban on animal poisons that inflict suffering, confided to the House of Lords that he and his wife kept their home free of rodents entirely through friendly persuasion. The technique, Lady Dowding later explained to newsmen, involves stealing up on the beasts after dark and cooing: "I am glad to have you as unseen pets, but you are causing me some difficulty." Then, "after I have said this, they...

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